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Mobile Gaming

Mobile Gaming - What's your guilty pleasure?

Community Manager

A fair number of us with a smartphones will admit to falling into that delicate trap of mobile gaming addiction.


There's often a particular game that you catch yourself playing at any waking oppurtunity, be it on the can, in bed or even in the office. In the modern era, mobile games have helped broaden the gaming community to all ages and demographs. My parents would lambast me for playing Grant Theft Auto, but now when I pop in for a visit, they're inverably on their phones, playing Candycrush or TempleRun.


To be fair, I've also fallen into the habit of mobile gaming in the past. Below are some of my mobile gaming guilty pleasures that I'm sure some of you have fallen prey to in your time.


Angry Birds 



These furry squakers have been part of the mobile gaming stratosphere since 2009. I'll never forget the first time I flug one of these short tempered birds into a swine fortress:

The therapeutic goodness of slamming your red and black fur into a sea of green. 

The object of the game was simple. You had these unwanted pigs who took away your eggs (sounds like Varsity to some people). In an effort to prevent you from a daring rescue, these hogs would set up level upon level of fortification, which no mere mortal could penetrate. Your job is to use a slingshot and fling predeterimed amount of Angry Birds at these fortresses, bringing them down and slowly damaging the porky empire. No wonder they eventually created a Star Wars version 


A simple, yet a addictive game, that's now spawed its own empire of its own which includes 12 main games, 3 spinoff games, Facebook and Google Chrome compatibility and even it's own line of merchandise and TV series. Not playing Angry Birds at least once in your life is akin to have not having watched Spongebob. 


Download the original here:

Android Playstore: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.rovio.angrybirds&hl=en 

Apple iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/en/app/angry-birds-free/id409807569?mt=8 

Windows Phone: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/apps/angry-birds/9wzdncrfj50f


Subway Surfers



This one gives me a wry smile of nostalgia. Back when Gingerbread was a powerhouse Android OS, I would spend a fair amount of my spare time flicking sidewise on my phone to avoid obsticles. Nowadays, we call that idea Tinder, but back in my University days, it was known as Subway Surfers and was awesome boredom  buster during research lectures.


Described as an "Endless Running game", the object of the game was to collect as many oncoming coins as possible, without mistakenly crashing into a train or even a brick wall. You could even earn special abilities such as a jetpack to avoid the leftovers of the floor. Now that I think of it, when is Tinder coming up with that feature? 


Eventually you will rack up enough points and bonus points to reach a high enough ranking to put your friends to shame. Nothing amazing about the whole thing, yet it was that supremely addictive in luring you into playing one more game, just to beat your previous high score.


Google Playstore: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.kiloo.subwaysurf&hl=en 

Apple iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/za/app/subway-surfers/id512939461?mt=8 

Windows Phone: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/games/subway-surfers/9wzdncrfhz73 


Jetpack Joyride 



I will humbly accept defeat here, Halfbrick Studios. I have been playing Jetpack Joyride on and off for close to 3 years now. I've played it on my Android phone, my iPhone, my Windows phone and even my PS3. It is like that girlfriend who you can't let go of. Barry Steakfries, you complete my mobile gaming experience.


Existential justification aside, Jetpack Joyride sends users back in time, to that of the 2D platformer. Remember Sonic the Hedgehog, or Mario? Remember how you would challenge yourself to speed through a level without stopping, whilst picking up as much of the loot as possible? Jetpack throws us into the world where the obstacles and coins (much like in Subway) are thrown at you at a lightning pace. It is up to you, majestic user, to tap your phone a certain number of times to fulfill your inner desires. Tap too rapidly, you might be electricuted. Tap too subtly, and you might be zapped by a lazer beam. 


As you progress in the game, we garner items and upgrades to improve your experience. This rangers from attaching a magnet to your suit, to attract some coins, to riding a giant dragon to help you weave your way through the electric zaps of doom. A geniunly fun expereince, and definitely my favourite. 


Google Playstore: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.halfbrick.jetpackjoyride&hl=en

Apple iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/za/app/jetpack-joyride/id457446957?mt=8

Windows Phone: https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/store/apps/jetpack-joyride/9wzdncrfjcds


And you?


What is your favourite mobile games? Have you ever fallen victim to a mobile craze, despite the fact that you've never been much of a gamer? Let us know in the comments. 



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